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Sevenhill Dr John May Shiraz 2009
Massive full bodied wine but I can understand what they tried to achieve. The wine spent two years in bottle before release which means it would have spent two years in 100% new French oak prior to bottling. The winemakers at Sevenhill, I think, were trying to add impact into the wine but what has happened is a full bodied wine that lacks a bit of freshness and lift. The flavours are of currents, blackberry jam, dark chocolate with a little plum mints in the middle that is fully open and ready to go. The wine is nice'n'soft, cuddly and hides its alcohol well. I was left thinking after a glass, where is the spine of the wine. What would the wine have looked like picked a bit earlier? Who will know.
Drink: Now - 2017